School Offers Summer Reading Camp for Homeless Children

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jefferson County Public Schools are reaching out to homeless students though a summer reading camp.

John David Marshall, who is the district’s assistant superintendent of diversity, equity and poverty, told The Courier-Journal that this is the first year for the Summer Reading Institute. The initiative focuses on homeless students, which the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines as those who lack a permanent night-time residence.

Marshall says that encompasses about one in 10 students in Jefferson County schools. He says between 12,000 and 15,000 students in the district are homeless.

There are about 100 students participating this year in the institute, which seeks to build reading comprehension skills. Marshall says he hopes to expand the program next year to reach more students in need.